The Effulgence Within

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect...

A friend of mine sent this which I found quite funny and wanted to share... A keen immigrant Indian Marwadi lad (when it comes to business, Marwadis are a community no less than the proverbial Jews) applied for a salesman's job at London 's premier downtown department store. In fact, it was the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Death – Emily Dickinson

“Because I could not stop for Death”, reads the first line of the poem. It has been argued by various critics as to the exact meaning conveyed by the poem. All you readers out there may wish to have a look at this short poem, here. I present my interpretation along with a request to you fine poets... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Biblical and the Non-Biblical in Waiting for Godot

(Related with yesterday’s post) Religion appears to be the motive force behind Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Indeed, much of its dialogue, spectacle and images reflect traditional Christian values. The play repeatedly tells us that the two characters, Estragon and Vladimir are made in God’s image,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Who is Godot?

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is the story of two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon who meet at a country roadside spot, waiting for Godot, an enigmatic being, but he never arrives. His non-arrival provides the only fact about him in the whole pay. Many attempts have been made to identify Godot and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Varied symbolisms in Chekov's The Cherry Orchard

A classical dramatic literature, Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard serves as a fluid and complex symbol that has different meanings with different classes of people and also with the changing times. At one time when the cherry orchard was in bloom and laden with fruits, it was a source of great... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Suicidal Romance or Romantic Suicide?

A while back, I finished reading Gustave Flaubert’s famous controversial novel, Madame Bovary. It struck me as an ingenuous work of art with a seminal depiction of the reality of the mid-nineteenth century French cultural mores and ethics, published in 1857, after the novel was acquitted by the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Concept of God in The Plague

Albert Camus’ novel is the story of an epidemic of plague that struck Oran, a city of Algeria on the Mediterranean coast. The citizens lived their monotonous mundane lives. When the death-rate rises the city is sealed off to check the contagion. Within the closed city, the pestilence takes a heavy... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A study in self-deception

Emma Woodhouse, the daughter of a rich country gentleman, is a beautiful, clever, snobbish young lady of twenty-one. She is the heroine of Jane Austen's Emma. Emma's fanciful mind, encouraged by ample leisure and a little willfulness, leads her to indulge in match-making. The novel is a study in... Sign in to see full entry.

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